Learn more about Ultimate Micro’s new replacement power supply for the Apple II. The Universal PSU Kit is designed to be installed in your existing Apple II or /// Power Supply Enclosure and replace your old Power Supply PCB. All connections can be made by the user and are safe, simple, and designed to last for the next decade and beyond of use. The Kit is also uninstallable and the enclosure isn’t modified in any way. Topic: Ultimate Micro PSU
Steam is the largest online marketplace for PC, Mac, and Linux games, making it easy for independent game developers to distribute their software. But indie game developers often lack the resources of major game studios. What they lack in funding, they make up for in creativity, turning to classic games and genres for inspiration. We'll look at many Steam titles where the Apple II influence is strong, suggesting modern games that will appeal to classic gamers. Topic: Ken Gagne Steamed Apples
Presented by Quinn Dunki. Mouse programming on the Apple II is a fascinating mix of old and new software paradigms. It's old fashioned ROM-entry-point style programming, but with slight nods towards modern API design and relocatable driver code. I spent some time working out all the gotchas in this, and will share that hard-earned knowledge with you. You'll leave the session with a basic mouse driver that you can tweak and use in your own programs. KansasFest - July 16, 2015 Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Apple II peripherals, Apple II mouse, computer mouse, Quinn Dunki
Canadian Melody Ayres-Griffiths and her Australian wife April will be demonstrating the successor to their Apple II BASIC interpreter DiscoRunner, the Go-ported quasi-emulator PERCOL-8, a compatible, cloud-connected, 3D-enhanced update to the Apple II environment intended to introduce today's kids to 1980s computing "with the rough edges filed down and sparklers applied." PERCOL-8 provides numerous enhancements while maintaining compatibility with both Integer and Applesoft BASIC,... Topic: KFest 2016: PERCOL-8: Re-inventing the Apple II for Today's Kids
Kansasfest 2015: Sequencer-Controlled Music Synthesis for the Apple II Describes a wavetable music synthesis program for 8-bit Apple IIs that is controlled by an external sequencer. Both the method of real-time synthesis and the method of external control is explained. Includes a demonstration of the system by Charles Mangin. Topic: Kansasfest 2015 - Beyond the Beep
For this talk, Jason Scott is covering two "terrific machines": The Apple II itself, and the mechanism of Archive.org and how this non-profit library is working so hard to collect so much history, including vintage computer history. Having been well-seasoned in a year and a half of working at the Archive, Jason will lay out how things work there, how to make the place work for you and efforts to save history, and some success stories of same. The talk was given remotely for KansasFest... Topics: archive.org, Internet Archive, Jason Scott, Apple II, Kansasfest, kfest
Through custom coding and modification, Melissa Barron has modified the classic Oregon Trail to use in-game text that's a blend of l337, chatspeak, and LOLcats syntax. Learn about the process of hacking this game and see it in action on an Apple IIc. Learn more at http://melissabarron.net/ or see her similar presentation at Notacon 7 at http://notaconmedia.com/2010media.shtml#schedule Topics: KansasFest 2010, Melissa Barron, Apple II, Oregon Trail, game modification
Compared to contemporary 8-bit machines, Apple II game graphics are challenging to program and lackluster. Several companies offered video cards based on the Texas Instruments TMS9918A Video Display Processor (VDP) to enhance the Apple II’s video capabilities. These cards saw limited sales and poor software support due to cost, but there’s much untapped potential including enhanced games, superior graphics, and original multi-monitor software. Peter Neubauer will lead a tour of the... Topic: Apple II Graphics
The annual Kansasfest Tie Contest takes place, and with just three contestants it's a rather short affair this year. Afterwards, Sean Fahey makes the announcement of the dates for Kansasfest 2017, to great applause. Topics: Tie Contest, Kansasfest, 2017
M0100 – Great Apple Mouse, or Greatest Apple Mouse Ever? Presented by Charles Mangin. A deep dive into the Apple M0100 Mouse, the Apple II mouse interface, and updating them for the modern era. A presentation at KansasFest, July 16, 2015. Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Apple II peripherals, Apple II mouse, M0100 mouse, Charles Mangin,...
The Apple IIgs Toolbox is big. Really big. It does a lot of stuff. You may know about a lot of it, but there's stuff in there that's not obvious. At KansasFest 2011, Eric Shepherd takes a look together at some of the interesting bits you may not have noticed. Topics: IIGS, KansasFest, KFest, 2011, Eric Shepherd, Sheppy, toolbox, programming
Kansas Fest 2012 — Martin Haye — Code Dangerously With Naked-Dev A presentation given at KansasFest 2012 Introducing Naked-Dev: a complete Apple II programming environment which brings instant gratification to both Applesoft and machine language coders. With Naked-Dev, you'll be able to write machine language code in real-time — no assembly required — using either a new, easy-to-learn, English-readable language called SHORT, or by writing standard 6502 assembly code in a dramatically... Topics: KansasFest, Apple 2, Apple II, programming, Short, Naked-Dev
Ken Gagne - Wordpress For Dummies A presentation at KansasFest 2012 Start your own Apple II Web site, blog, online business, or podcast with WordPress, a free and open-source content management system (CMS). Learn how to get started, how to install a theme, what the essential plugins are, and how to start publishing. Relevant webmastering tools, like Google Analytics, Feedburner, and Navicat will be reviewed. This session is aimed at beginners, with no knowledge of CSS, PHP, or MySQL necessary... Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Wordpress, blogging, Apple II
Dr. Steve Weyhrich presents some selected topics from the Apple II History that he’s recently researched, Apple II magazines and more. A talk at KansasFest 2012. Topics: Apple 2, Apple II, Apple II magazines, computer magazines, kansasfest, kfest, computer history,...
KansasFest 2012 - Tony Diaz - The Apple II Roadshow A presentation at KansasFest 2012. If there were to be an Apple II Road Show … this is what it might be like. Learn what makes or breaks an Apple II, how to spot a "fake" and what a true collector would look for. Everyone is encouraged to bring their Apple II treasures for appraisal. Topics: Apple II, Kansasfest, Kfest, Tony Diaz, historical computer values, eBay
The Logo programming language was popular for teaching children among educators and academics during the heydey of the Apple II. Logo promised to revolutionize education through the limitless microworlds that personal computers enabled. By the end of the 1980s, there was growing disillusionment with Logo. Two Logo vendors, Terrapin and LCSI, survive today, but the world of Logo is much different. Why did the excitement about Logo fade? Where can we see the influences of Logo today? What... Topic: Kansasfest 2015: What Happened To Logo
Emulation is a bit of an arms race, with various emulators all chasing perfection of their respective platforms. Developer, Dagen Brock, went on a quest to make some small improvements to the seminal Apple IIGS emulator, KEGS/GSPort. After getting some initial success in modernizing the code, he was ready to really start tearing into the heart of the emulator. This is when he realized that we've been thinking about emulators incorrectly, as single threaded applications which simply sit in front... Topic: KFest 2016: Emulators: You're Doing It All ROM
Keeping those disks a-spinnin': How to make your 5.25" and 3.5" disk drives work like they never have before, and then some. Tony Diaz demonstrates how to disassemble and reassemble like a pro. Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Tony Diaz, floppy, disk, drive, maintenance
Jason Scott describes five times he has had to crash Apple IIs into popular culture in the past year, the experience of it, and why we can expect many more crashes in the future. A presentation at KansasFest - July 16, 2015 Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Jason Scott, Internet Archive, Archive.org
2015 KFest - Apple II Monitor LCD Conversion Javier Rivera explains his techniques and tricks to convert Apple monitors to LCD. He will show his LCD conversion and also a small "show and tell" of past conversions and techniques. A presentation at KansasFest - July 16, 2015 Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Apple II peripherals, LCD monitors, monitor conversion
E7 E7 E7 EE: the story of the greatest copy protection ever invented Presented by Mark Pilgrim. Learn the secret behind the bitstream that revolutionized Apple II copy protection: a runtime routine that could determine if it was running on an original disk. A presentation at KansasFest, July 16 2015. Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Apple II copy protection, E7 bitstream, copy protection techniques
Most computer equipment contain EPROMs on their circuits: CPUs, printers, interface cards, or peripherals. The EPROM chips contain firmware code to control operation of the device. An EPROM looks like a large IC chip: It is wide, with 24 to 40 pins. There is a small round window in the center of the upper side of the chip, with a microlattice of fine metal wires visible through the clear quartz-glass window. The EPROM chips can be erased and reconfigured by hours of exposure to ultraviolet... Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, EPROM, EPROMs, EEPSOMS
2015 KFest - Ultimate Micro Announcements direct from UltimateApple2 and ReActiveMicro about the new brand: UltimateMicro. Related projects, demos, and Q&A July 15, 2015 Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, ReActiveMicro, Ultimate Micro, Apple II peripherals
Get the inside story of AppleWorks from the only programmer who worked on three major releases (3, 4, 5). Best-known for creating the first macro add-on for AppleWorks and developing it into a full-blown programming language, Randy Brandt also contributed more than a dozen applications to the TimeOut series and was the AppleWorks project manager and primary data base developer from version 3.0 on. He worked for Beagle Bros, Claris, Quality Computers and his own JEM Software as the only... Topics: KansasFest, KFest, Apple II, 2012, Randy Brandt, AppleWorks, AWP, Beagle Bros, Quality Computers,...
The Apple IIgs has a split personality. Most of the machine runs at a ~1MHz clock rate, keeping compatibility with earlier Apple IIs. Some components, however, can be decoupled and run at a faster rate. The FPI, or Fast Processor Interface, is the chip responsible for coordinating the interactions between these personalities. In this KansasFest 2011 session, Daniel "Krue" Kruszyna includes a high level overview of the FPI's responsibilities, along with a detailed look at some... Topics: KFest, KansasFest, 2011, FPI, Daniel Kruszyna, Fast Processor Interface, CPU, IIGS, timing,...
Steve Weyhrich, curator of the Apple II History Web site, unveiled at KansasFest 2010 the redesign of his site to use WordPress. Presented remotely, this presentation was captured via a combination of screencast and external microphone. Find the history site at http://apple2history.org Topics: KansasFest, KFest, Steve Weyhrich, Apple II, history, WordPress, redesign, Apple2History, museum,...
Over the years, millions of 5.25" floppy drives have been discarded because of an easily repaired defect: Loss of track-centering alignment. This problem is easily repaired with simple tools such as a screwdriver, a computer/monitor, and a software disk. Track-centering misalignment is suggested when a floppy drive can read its own written disks, but gives disk-errors when attempting to read disks written on other drivers. Likewise, the disks written on the misaligned drive give error... Topics: Kansasfest, Apple II, floppy drives, Stephen Buggie
A spoof of the line delivered by Horatio Caine just before the theme music on most episodes of CSI: Miami. This project features photos and video of KansasFest attendees past and present, and several 2012 attendees who were stabbed with floppy disks, strafed, bombed, and crushed by boulders. Created by Steve Weyhrich of apple2history.org at KansasFest 2012, using iMovie 11 v9.0.6 and Bad Robot Interactive's "Action Movie FX" iPhone app. Topics: Steve Weyhrich, 2012, CSI, Stavros Karatsoridis, Ken Gagne, Geoff Weiss, Brian Wiser, Carrington...
Archiving for the Future: A Brainstorm Jul 19, 2012 @ 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm A complimentary session to Jason Scott’s “ ARCHIVE.ORG and the Terrific Machine .” We will brainstorm additional ways to simplify sharing digital treasures, such as using a central repository and custom search engine. If we don’t preserve our Apple II history, no one else will. A talk by Brian Wiser — twitter.com/BrianWiser Topics: Archive.org, Internet Archive, Apple II, KansasFest Brian Wiser, computer history
Price of Persia Source Code: Saved! A presentation at KansasFest 2012 Tony Diaz and Jason Scott heeded the call and saved Jordan Mechner’s source code for the classic Prince of Persia. Relive the recovery. Website: http://www.16sector.com Topics: Apple II, Apple 2, Prince Of Persia, Tony Diaz, Jason Scott, Jordan Mechner, source code, computer...
From KansasFest 2015: Japanese on the Apple IIGS...continued. Last year, I shared the history of the GS/OS Japanese environment developed by users of the NIftyServe Apple II & GS Forum (FAPPLE) in the early 1990s, showing how applications can be localized using existing software. This year I will demonstrate solutions to some remaining problem areas, with a focus on the Toolbox. Topic: Kansasfest 2015: Japanese GSOS
Kansasfest 2015: Interviews: Save the community's stories, by Kevin Savetz. I have done dozens of interviews of Atari people for the ANTIC podcast, from CEOs, to coders, magazine publishers to manual writers, to at-home crackers. By doing so, I've created a trove of oral history about the early computing community. (Bonus: In the process, I've unearthed source code and design documents that have never before been public.) I'll share some particularly interesting snippets, and tell you exactly... Topic: Kansasfest 2015 Sessions, How To Get Interviews, AtariPodcast.com, ANTIC Podcast, Atari 8-bit,...
Join Brian Wiser and Bill Martens for the latest product announcements and surprises from the A.P.P.L.E. users group and Call-A.P.P.L.E. They've been busy! :-) Topic: KFest - A.P.P.L.E.'s Blast From The Past
Can you believe it? A2SERVER, A2CLOUD, and Raspple II have received some exciting updates for 2016. For example, did you know you can now get a IIGS on the internet without an Uthernet card? With A2SERVER you can. Come to the session and see what else is in store. If you're unfamiliar, these all use the oh-so-cute Raspberry Pi to enhance your Apple II. A2SERVER is a LAN file server and network boot host for Apple II's. A2CLOUD is an internet access device, file transfer tool, and virtual hard... Topic: Kansasfest 2016 Ivan Drucker A 2 Server A 2 Cloud And Raspple II 2016
From KansasFest 2016, held in Kansas City, MO. In modern times, there has finally emerged a combination of Apple II hardware and software that can preserve most copy protected original disks in their original form. But how can we ensure that such disk images are error-free? Mark will present some promising original research Topics: Cracking, Passport, Kansasfest
From Kansasfest 2015. Eminent Apple IIgs enthusiast Dagen Brock will give 30 slides in 30 minutes on why his Apple II's are having the best year ever. Hold on to your seats and buckle your face as he exposes an immense set of events and details that will forever change your view of computing and the human condition. Topic: Kansasfest
On July 18, 2007, David Szetela, founding editor of Nibble Magazine, delivered the keynote speech at KansasFest, an annual celebration of the Apple II. In this segment, he discusses the departmental politics at Apple Computer Inc. Video by Ken Gagne. Topics: KansasFest, Keynote, David Szetela, Apple II, Apple Computer
On July 18, 2007, David Szetela, founding editor of Nibble Magazine, delivered the keynote speech at KansasFest, an annual celebration of the Apple II. In this segment, he discusses the impact and legacy of John Sculley and Mike Harvey. Video by Ken Gagne. Topics: KansasFest, Keynote, David Szetela, Apple II, John Sculley, Mike Harvey
The LOGO programming language, best known for "turtle graphics," was popular on the Apple II, especially in classrooms. LOGO is more than a child's game. It's a sophisticated programming language and a serious educational tool for teaching mathematics backed by decades of research on learning theory. Join Peter Neubauer as he discusses the history of LOGO and for a tutorial introduction to the language. Download Peter's slides at http://www.kansasfest.org/downloads/ Topics: KansasFest 2011, Peter Neubauer, Apple II, LOGO, programming
The oldest computer Michael ever programmed was the Burroughs 220. It was the last commercial vacuum tube computer, running at a blazing 5,000 instructions per second, with 5,000 eleven-digit words of memory! Many have probably seen it on TV, as Batman's "Crime Computer”. ;-) Yet, it could do wonderful things, like run Algol 58 and support interactive graphics. It was a "personal computer" to Michael, and he was delighted to find that he could simulate it (at about half its... Topic: Emulating Burroughs 220
The Apple II Forever Awards are awarded to shining members of the Apple II Community. This year the recipients are 4am, Jason Scott, and Stavros Karatsoridis. Jason Scott receives the award for 4am, and Kevin Savetz receives the award for Jason Scott. Topic: Kansasfest 2016
Every year, the dorm doors of the Kansasfest attendees are decorated, and the resulting photographed doors are shown. The most creative, unusual and thoughtful doors are awarded and highlighted. This year was an excellent crop; at the end, the winners are chosen from the judges. Topics: Kansasfest, Door, Prize
There is no chance that Adobe will ever develop Photoshop for the Apple IIGS. But, the next best thing will be available during this session. Using the power of GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) and python, anybody will be able to create native IIGS graphic images. Convert your favorite picture to the IIGS. Draw new images. Export images straight into IIGS images formats--watch for the release of this component during this session. Bring your computer with GIMP (2.6 or later) and python... Topic: Kansasfest 2016 Photoshop For the IIgs
Ken Gagne and Kevin Savetz, both experienced in interviews conducted in person, over the phone and over the internet, describe their methods, philosophies and advice for getting the most out of an interview opportunity. They also extensively describe how to MAKE those opportunities happen in the first place. Topic: Interviews Kevin Savetz Ken Gagne Kansasfest 2016
Martin Haye will demonstrate progress made this year on the Lawless Legends old-west RPG, focusing especially on the tools used to produce it: the Outlaw editor and the Mythos runtime, designed with more than just this one game in mind. There will also be a special surprise. Topic: Lawless Legends